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Rule changes for 2016 season

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by captainWIMM, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. captainWIMM

    captainWIMM Cheesehead

    Jul 23, 2012
    The most important ones include moving the ball to the 25-yard line after a touchback on a kickoff as well as allowing teams to now designate a player on injured reserve "designated to return" retroactively.

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2016
  2. El Guapo

    El Guapo Cheesehead

    Dec 7, 2011
    It took me a while to find a site that actually listed all of the changes. Shockingly it was the NFL's website: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap30...asses-automatic-ejection-rule-for-2016-season

    It looks like they passed the automatic ejection rule today as well.

    As for the 25-yard line touchback rule, I guess I'm fine with it. However, I still think that if the league is really concerned about safety then they should just eliminate kickoffs all together. Otherwise, maybe give an incentive to kickers to boot it out of the endzone. The offense gets the ball on the 25 if they down it in the endzone. If the kicking team kicks it beyond the endzone, the offense starts on the 20.

    I like the boomerang IR change. It would be good if it was limitless. Any player placed on IR can come back if healthy enough.
  3. adambr2

    adambr2 Cheesehead

    Nov 8, 2012
    I like the IR boomerang change as well, but I don't know if limitless would be a good thing. I think it would be heavily abused to expand rosters.

    I'm not totally sure that 25 yard line touchbacks will actually cut down on kickoff returns. I think more teams might try to pin teams deep on kickoffs rather than kicking everything into the endzone.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. Robert Mason

    Robert Mason Cheesehead

    Aug 9, 2015
    Yes....just like punts to the 10 yard line.

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